Manolis Anagnostakis-Μανώλης Αναγνωστάκης

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Funereal

You passed too — and you too became: a good
fine man, a family man, a patriot
thirty six wreaths accompanied you, three speeches by vice-presidents
seven votes of approval for the superb service you offered

ah, Lavrentis, I only who knew what a scum you were
what a cheap bum who lived all your life in a lie
rest in peace, I won’t come to disturb your equanimity

(I shall try to exchange all my life with silence
with a heavy price and not only with my flesh as payment)

rest in peace as you have been all life-long: a good
fine man, a family man, a patriot.

You won’t be the first, not even the last.

Ἐπιτύμβιον

Πέθανες- κι ἔγινες και συ: ο καλός,
Ο λαμπρὸς ἄνθρωπος, ο οἰκογενειάρχης, ο πατριώτης.
Τριάντα ἕξη στέφανα σε συνοδέψανε, τρεις λόγοι ἀντιπροέδρων,
Ἑφτὰ ψηφίσματα για τις ὑπέροχες ὑπηρεσίες που προσέφερες.

Α, ρε Λαυρέντη, ἐγὼ που μόνο τὄξερα τί κάθαρμα ἤσουν,
Τί κάλπικος παρᾶς, μια ὁλόκληρη ζωὴ μέσα στο ψέμα
Κοιμοῦ εν εἰρήνῃ, δεν θα ῾ρθῶ την ἡσυχία σου να ταράξω.

(Ἐγώ, μια ὁλόκληρη ζωὴ μες στη σιωπὴ θα την ἐξαγοράσω
Πολὺ ἀκριβὰ κι ὄχι με τίμημα το θλιβερό σου το σαρκίο.)

Κοιμοῦ εν εἰρήνῃ. Ως ἤσουν πάντα στη ζωή: ο καλός,
Ο λαμπρὸς ἄνθρωπος, ο οἰκογενειάρχης, ο πατριώτης.

Δε θα ῾σαι ο πρῶτος οὔτε δα κι ο τελευταῖος.

~Μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη, Translated by Manolis Aligizakis

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